The Resuscitation Council along with other professional groups
has been working with the National Patient Safety Agency
to standardise the telephone number used to summon the Resuscitation Team
throughout all NHS Acute Trusts in England and Wales.
NPSA research showed that many different numbers were currently in use
and it was agreed that a standard number for use in all NHS Acute Trusts was essential.
It is hoped that this change will avoid the confusion that can arise
when staff move from one hospital to another and should ensure that
all healthcare professionals are clear what the 'crash' call number is,
regardless of where they are working.
As a result of the consultation, the NPSA issued a Patient Safety Alert
on 24th February 2004 advising standardisation to the number 2222.
Full details of the alert can be obtained from
the National Patient Safety Agency website -
Dr David Gabbott